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Egglestonworks Nico speakers; Technics SL-1200G turntable; Bryston Amplifiers 7B3 amplifier, BP17-3 preamplifier, BP-2 MM/MC phonostage, MPS-2 power supply, and BDP-3 digital player; Audience cabling; Target stands

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

If Scott Walker Audio had staked out a mini-empire on floor 3, Sunny Components of Covina, California, did the same on floor 6. The first room I visited, of the four from Sunil Merchant, included Egglestonworks’ 87dB-efficient Nico speakers ($4250/pair), which had not finished breaking in. Nonetheless, wireless Qobuz streams of St. Vincent’s “Smoking Section,” Billy Eilish’s “Hostage,” and a 24/96 file of Kurt Elling & Lee Ritenour’s “River Man” showed the speakers and their Bryston roommates capable of conveying fine, natural, appealing timbres.… Read the full article

Vanco Previews Amplifiers, Pendant Speaker Enclosure

By | June 11th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Vanco is previewing two new power amplifiers and an innovative pendant speaker enclosure at InfoComm 2019 in Orlando, FL.
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Arion Apollo Loudspeakers, LS-200 Linestage, 2A3 Tube Amplifiers, and HS-500 Hybrid Mono Amplifiers; EMM DA2 DAC; Wolf Alpha 3 Music Server; VPI HW-4 turntable, etc.

By | June 10th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Tony that was a bunch of strawmen.

There isn’t even a minute suggestion in anything I wrote that I don’t care about sound, or that “it all sounds the same” to me. Where are you dreaming this up?

As a consumer, I’m simply asking myself if the claims made for the product seem credible. You’ve got the burden of proof completely switched around. It’s the person making the claim, especially an extraordinary claim, who has the burden of providing evidence. It’s not up to you or me to disprove it.… Read the full article

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PHILIPS Amplifiers And Loudspeakers

By | June 3rd, 2019|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: |

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Vienna Acoustics Mozart Speakers, Vincent SP-T700 Amplifiers, Pangea Cables

By | May 13th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Given the background noise, it was a little difficult to focus on the music from Yello and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd in the system from Vienna Acoustics and Vincent, but this little system’s ability throw a large, ear-catching ambient soundstage was its strong point. Speakers were the Vienna Acoustics Mozart (€1800/pair). Vincent electronics included (I think) the new DAC-7, which handles up to 32/384 and DSD256 and has a tube output stage, along with the SA-T7 preamp (€2499), SP-T700 mono hybrid amplifier (€1999/each), CD-S7 hybrid CD player (€2199), and PHO-701 phono stage (€649).… Read the full article

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Raidho TD1.2 Speakers, Chord Ultima 2 Amplifiers, Pear Audio Blue Turntable, Top Wing Cartridge, Gamut Cabling

By | May 13th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Raidho Acoustics’ new TD1.2 speaker ($24,000/pair), whose unveiling I missed at AXPONA, resurfaced in Munich. Hearing a track from the Ray Brown Trio’s Soular Energy led me to write, in my notebook, “Pretty amazing how well these small speakers create such a big soundstage.” Transparency around solo instruments and percussion was quite exceptional. Save for a touch of dryness, which could have been room-related, this system sounded excellent.

The TD1.2 replaces the D1.1. The only things that remain from the former model are the dimensions and shape of the cabinet.… Read the full article

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Aavik M-300 Amplifiers, Børresen 05 Loudspeakers, Ansuz Cabling

By | May 13th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Having heard at previous shows the pairing of Aavik electronics, Børresen loudspeakers, and Ansuz cabling, I’ve been trying to find language adequate to describe the quality of its earth-rooted bass and midrange. There’s a very special, aged-in-wood component to its bass sound that I find fascinating. Combined with clear highs that, while not shy, are capable of conveying intimacy, the system made Anette Askvik’s “Liberty” compelling listening.

This was the first showing of Ansuz’s forthcoming PowerBox D-TC supreme active cables (€12,000).… Read the full article

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Silbatone Amplifiers, Western Electric Horns

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The South Korean company Silbatone manufactures exquisite pure tube and hybrid audio amplification that’s specifically engineered to be un-conventional, un-compromised, and un-affordable. About that last characteristic: It’s un-affordable because it’s not for sale—and everyone knows you have to pay extra for stuff that’s not for sale. Right?

Silbatone also collects—and demonstrates, at audio shows—un-obtainable vintage Western Electric movie-theater equipment. To my knowledge, Silbatone’s museum-quality WE tube and horn speaker collection has no equal in either completeness or condition. Every year, at enormous expense, they come to High End Munich with a different example of WE un-obtainium—just to f**k with the minds of the audiophile mainstream.… Read the full article

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Stenheim Alumine Three Loudspeakers, Einstein The Silver Bullet OTL Mono Amplifiers and The Pickup Phono Cartridge

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

There were two causes for excitement in Room 1534: the premiere of the Stenheim Alumine Three ($29,900/pair), the Swiss company’s newest three-way floorstander, and the return of Einstein Audio to the US. The latter comes courtesy of its new brand ambassador, Walter Swanbon of Fidelis AV. The sound wasn’t perfect—it was a little peaky on what may have been an unnaturally bright Deutsche Grammophon LP of Geza Anda playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.17, but it was still wonderful (and, sadly, the only Mozart I heard at the show).… Read the full article

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Dynaudio Confidence 20 Speakers, Octave Jubilee Amplifiers, VPI Avenger Reference Turntable, Cardas Clear Cables

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Loudspeakers by Danish manufacturer Dynaudio were featured in two rooms; both demonstrated exactly how clearly, and authoritatively precise, their speakers could sound when driven by amplifiers from the German manufacturer Octave. In Dynaudio’s big demonstration room I heard the $5000/pair Evoke 50 loudspeakers (the floorstanders in the photo above) being driven by an Octave V80SE integrated amplifier ($10,500), itself fed by a dCS Bartok DAC ($13,500), with all Nordost cables. Every musical selection made me think, very consciously, that this is the kind of sound 90% of the audiophiles on the planet would be proud to show off in their homes: well-voiced, properly punctuated, tight as a drum head, and clean as fresh snow.… Read the full article

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